Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentCivic Participation · 11 months ago

Convincing jury?

If someone had been raped and they have no evidence how would they convince the jury? What does the jury do when they don’t have evidence only a story?

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  • 11 months ago

    A jury should find the defendant not guilty if there is no evidence to prove their guilt. A jury should not vote to convict only on someone's say-so.

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  • Foofa
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    11 months ago

    In most cases the DA wouldn't take a case to court with no evidence. These are political figures who worry more about their win/loss ratios than about actual justice. This is why the few high profile cases (Brian Banks being one) where an innocent man is sent to prison are so compelling. Worth noting too that Banks went to prison not because a jury convicted him but because his Public Defender talked him into taking a plea deal.

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  • .
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    11 months ago

    Since many rapes occur within the context of an existing relationship, the defendant will usually claim it was consensual. Without signs of a struggle or resistance, it is difficult to meet the "proof beyond a reasonable doubt" standard. That's why it's important to report the crime as soon as possible.

    It's much easier to get a conviction in stranger-rape cases.

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